Dyno | North Loop Brew Co

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Brewed by:
North Loop Brew Co
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of zeledonia
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm trying to drink local, slowly working my way through the many new beers from the many new breweries in the Twin Cities area. Here's another from Lucid. Tasted 28 November 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours bright orange with a golden touch, crystal clear, with a loose stream of bubbles rising up. One finger of white head, okay retention, decent lacing.

Smell is nicely hoppy, dominated by citrus, with a sweet slant. Has a funny peanut butter aroma that becomes more prominent as the head fades and it warms up. Yeah, now I'm mostly smelling peanut butter. Started out better, but declined as that peanut butter came to the fore.

Taste... what's with the peanut butter? The flavor here is half hoppy pale ale and half that. It's too bad, as what I can pick up from the pale ale portion reminds me of some things from Three Floyds - light malts, slightly spicy, with a gentle but assertive bitter twinge. I'd like it, if only...

Light body, prickly carbonation. Makes my mouth tingle, and it last just as long as it should. It's actually really nice, and spot-on for a pale ale.

This beer would be excellent, if you could cut out the peanut butter. As is, it's pretty good, just kinda weird.

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Photo of jjanega08
2.69/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle stamped
Not too sure what that means.

A= Pours a light golden color with a thin white head on it that holds nice retention and some solid lacing.

S= The smell is weird. It has some light hop character to it as well as a little bit of a sort of rotting fruit smell. Having worked at a grocery store in the produce department I've sort of learned what rotting fruit smells like and this has a little bit of that smell.

T= The taste again has a sort of rotting fruit taste to it. There is a little bit of a hop flavor but the aftertaste on this is rotten fruit. It's really weird. I can't think of a reason a beer would taste like this.

M= Very well carbonated.

O= This is a second disapointment from lucid for me. The beer isn't tooo bad but it isn't quite right either. Something is wrong here.

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Photo of sonata2008
3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Yellow gold in color, a bit cloudy, with about a 1/2" of white foam. Lots of bubbles. Excellent lacing.
Smell: A grassy hops aroma also some citrus hops, probably northwest American. A bit of Ginger in the background (dancing backwards on high heels).
Taste: Lots of hops - grapefruit and grass. Some bitterness. Not a lot of spice there but it is sneaking around on the edges. On the bitter side with a nice dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Light mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. Nice tingliness.
Overall: I enjoyed this beer. Very refreshing and very drinkable. Would go well with grilled meats, especially chicken, fish, or pork.

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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber for $7 at Princeton Liquors. Overall, a very tasty beer, but still overpriced. I paired it with a spicy catfish dinner and the pale ale made a great complement. The big, clean hops character held a juicy hops perfume with a tangerine and bitter rind finish. A little toasty barley snuck into the flavor and I also caught the occasional notes of apricots and tropical fruit. Maybe it's more reasonably priced on draft, I certainly wouldn't mind drinking more.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lucid Dyno Pale Ale. Lucid Brewing, Minnetonka, MN.

Clear and golden hued, with a tight, slim white head.

Aroma: lightly hoppy, some citrus fruit, minor bitterness, not much else.

Taste: some hop bitterness hits up front, and lingers on the palate, with a toasty, tidy citrus fruity flavor the key component. Only slightly sweet, ultimately ending dry and bitter. Soft malt presence, light but there. "Graham cracker crust." I've heard it said before, and now I'm finally saying it.

All in all, Dyno is a drinker, and it does what a pale ale should do, bringing taste without too much fuss. Pass on around, drink it down, on to the next one, while we solved all the world's problems over a chess game, or a cribbage board, or whatever's handy.

I like it. It's beer, and you can drink it.

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Photo of kenito799
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into rocks glasses for sharing.

Dark gold hazy, lvery little head or lacing,

Aroma is mild malt with some spicy hop scents.

Mouthfeel is fairly crisp, medium-light.

A nice balance of hoppy bitterness, not extremely complex, but quite drinkable, good effort.

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Photo of morimech
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bizarro color. It is clear with a golden-gray color that I have never seen in a beer before. Just over one finger of head forms and has good retention before settling to a thick cap. Just a little lacing is left down the glass.

Pleasant aroma of floral and citrus hops with a bready malt base. Smells like a nice APA.

Almost there with the flavor. The hops are at a nice bitterness and flavor level, however the malt is lacking and this beer does not have much depth beyond the hops. Has a citrus and floral flavor. A semi-sweet flavor.

Even at 5.2% this beer feels a little thin. I enjoyed the carbonation. Nice texture for a light bodied beer.

A decent APA but I just can't get past the color. Has a couple of other things going against such as price and bottle format. Would try it again on-tap.

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Photo of UMNbeerhunter
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ahhh long time since I reviewed a beer. This will be fun.

Poured into a Town Hall nonic-pint glass on July 4th, happy birthday USA.

Pours a light perfectly clear golden straw color the beer has tons of . The pour has one finger of bubbly carbonated head that dissipates quickly but there is tons of little bubbles stuck to the entire glass. It leaves no lacing at all.

Smells of a little sweet malt I don't get much hops, a little flower note and a little citrus. There is a significant amount of alcohol smell which I can't really account for being 5%.

Taste is much the same as the smell minus the alcohol. Its light in the palete but refreshing. Flowers and grass and slight hops. Good but not great.

Mouthfeel is light, maybe a little to light for an APA. It is refreshing though a nice beer for a hot day like today. NOt much carb in the mouthfeel.

Overall its an alright beer. Refreshing and light with a nice summer floral grassy smell and taste.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and clear golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Solid three finger white head with good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A good scent of floral hops upfront along with some citrus hops. Hints of grapefruit, oranges, and lemon zest. Solid malt backing with hints of caramel and biscuit. Some wheat grains. Also some grassy hops in the mix. Pretty hop forward for a regular pale ale. Smells closer to a IPA.

Taste: A nice burst of citrus flavor upfront. Notes of citrus orange, grapefruit and lemon. Bready malts with notes of biscuit, cracker, and caramel. Also some floral and grassy hops. The citrus hop flavor is the most noticeable here. This is a very hop forward ale but the bitterness is pretty low. Taste is like a English ESB.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and very smooth. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A very good ale here. Very hop forward but light with the bitterness. A good lighter hop driven option.

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Photo of mjryan
3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow! Nice stuff. Crystal clear, beautiful light amber colour. Sweet, tropical fruit and toasted brown bread aroma. Flavour is easy going, not muted. Hops come on first, fruit cocktail and lemon zest. Subtle isn't the right word because the hops aren't subtle, maybe subdued is right? Damn, I'm not doing the hops justice. There is plenty of hop character. This is a hoppy beer, just not square peg in a round hole Bam Bam way. Elegant? Yes, that works. Well integrated even. Perhaps I'm over doing it now. I just appreciate the hop character is all I'm saying. Malts are um, there I guess. The toasted bread aroma doesn't make an appearance on the tongue. Very neutral. I like this, let's the hops shine. Clean bittering. Bottle says 35 ibu, which, case in point doesn't mean shit. 35 ibu in a 5ish % abv seems mellow, but Dynos dry, self effacing malts makes them seem quite assertive. Finish is crisp, slightly bitter and quenching. I already said I like this beer so the overall is redundant at this point. Slainte Lucid, well played.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light golden thin head minimal lacing. Lightly hoppy nose with moderate malt and watermelon rind.

Taste: There is an immediately washing of citric and floral hop on the tongue, tasty, mildly bitter with a slightly unripe honeydew melon element.  Wet.  Mild caramel pale malt kicks in. Moderately zingy carbonation works well with the flavor.  

Medium to light body. Finish is clean and faintly bitter. Refreshing and drinkable pale ale with a floral and citric profile that was a little different than many of the other pale ales out there.  I enjoyed it, I could drink quite a bit of it. 

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Photo of DanC
4.45/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice beer.

I like beers that have a good hop aroma and taste but are not overly bitter. This had a very nice balance. The color was right for a pale ale and it is very comparable to other beers in this style. I am proud to be a drinker of "local" beers.

Looking forward to taking a tour of their brewery later in June.

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Photo of t2thebro
4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at punch on grand Ave.

A- light yellowish color with a bit of red and green hues. Two finger head which slowly fades into a 1/4 inch head that laces leaves a frothy lacing.

S- citrusy, light with a hint of sugar. Hoppy! Not much malt smell.

T-smooth, citrus blast with a kick of spicy earthy hops. A hop heads dream, this is a hop brew with very little malt flavor. Could use just a bit of malt to round out the flavor.

M- smooth, medium carbonation, a bit of an oily feel from the dry hop. Good if you want a hop charged lighter beer.

O- overall I could drink this every day. My kind of apa. Hops and not much more, sweet, spicy, light. I'm guessing some crystal malt, with some wheat. Grains that don't add a lot to the hops. Good beer! Bravo!

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Photo of lurpy1
2.03/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

First reviewer of Dyno...And here I am burying it. Don't really like that. I don't know much about Lucid, but I want to see them do well. But this beer, which I had on tap at Pig and Fiddle, was a total miss for me. The menu description talks about adding the hops late creating the hop aroma and flavor without the bite. Sounds promising. Sounds like a marvel of technology. Didn't work, the hop taste was missing too. Beer looks acceptable, smells meek but acceptable. The taste, well, where the hops should have been, water creeps in. Part of me wonders if this was a brewing accident. Very reminiscent of a food where one key ingredient was missing. Dissatisfying watery taste, which spilled over into unsatisfying mouth feel. Cannot recommend this lackluster beer, hoping other Lucid beers pan out better.

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Dyno from North Loop Brew Co
3.47 out of 5 based on 125 ratings.
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